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Contador threatens to leave Astana team

Text by AFP

Latest update : 2008-12-10

The Astana leader, Alberto Contador, has expressed doubts about Lance Armstrong returning to competition in his team. The Spaniard will leave unless he is "doubly sure" that he will remain team leader.

Spain's Alberto Contador says he has been given assurances from his Astana team that he will remain team leader even if Lance Armstrong returns to the outfit.

The seven-times Tour de France winning American announced his shock return to competition earlier this month and the Kazakh team has confirmed that he will hook up with them for several races.

Contador, who won the Tour de France in 2007, is the current team leader at Astana and he has given conflicting reactions to Armstrong's decision.

"The team have given me assurances that I will be the leader, but I want to be doubly sure," Marca sports daily quoted him as saying. "I want to see exactly how this is going to pan out."

"If I am not satisfied with the way it is going, then I will leave."

Armstrong has said he will contest the 2009 Tour de France which the Astana team and Contador missed last year as they were not invited by the tour organisers.

Date created : 2008-09-26